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HIGH INTENSITY FOCUSED ULTRASOUND

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What does the treatment feel like?

Numbing cream will be applied to the area to be treated to ensure comfort. The SkinPen device is then used to glide over the skin, where the tiny needles are pressed against the skin, painlessly piercing its outermost layers. This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.

What are the possible side effects?

There are mild post-procedure effects, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn, with a quick 24 hour recovery time. You may have some initial redness and swelling for a few hours. You may also have some dryness and flakiness of your skin after a couple days. Full aftercare advice is provided and it is important to follow these instructions carefully.

Is it Safe?

One goal of every microneedling procedure is to create as little pain or discomfort for the patient as possible. Most patients tolerate the procedure amazingly well, although this is somewhat dependent on the area being treated and the severity of the problem. Under most circumstances the treated area recovers very rapidly after skin needling. That being said, there are occasional microneedling side effects, including swelling, infections, a flare up of cold sores or mild acne, hyperpigmentation. Most of these are preventable by ensuring correct technique, needle depth and proper aftercare.

Treatment areas?

Treatment areas: face, décolletage, chest, hands, hair, stretch marks, burns, other scarring.

How often will I need treatment?

Typically 3-6 procedures for optimal results, one per month and then to maintain the results, one treatment is recommended every 6 months.

Can I use this with other treatments?

Absolutely! Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment combinable with any number of cosmetic procedures, among them injectable fillers, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, and other traditional cosmetic procedures. At FaceOxford, we also combine this treatment with PRP for even more amazing results.

SkinPen

At FaceOxford, we use the SkinPen device. This is the only 100% completely sealed cartridge on the market to prevent fluid intake, which removes any possibility of cross contamination.

Prices

£180 - Microneedling using SkinPen in one area for 60 mins
£75 - Additional areas

Results

Results take effect after 24 hours once the swelling has go down and the skin starts to repair the cells.

HIFU - HIGH INTENSITY FOCUSED ULTRASOUND Pretreatment advice

  • Avoid sun exposure and sunless tanning. Sun burned or tanned skin will not be treated.
  • All skin irritants must be stopped (glycolic/ salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinol products such as Retin A, Tazorac, Triluma, Differin, and Vitamin C) on the area being treated 3 days prior to treatment.
  • Advise staff when taking antibiotics.
  • A gentle exfoliating treatment is recommended to help remove the dead skin before treatment, you can book this with us to optimise your results. 
  • You will be given a skincare pack by Alumier MD to use for 5-7 days before your treatment.

Please let the staff know if you have a history of cold sores/fever blisters PRIOR to treatment, so an anti- viral medication can be prescribed. Treatment cannot be done if you have an active cold sore or skin infection and will be rescheduled.

If this is your first treatment, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your treatment to take photos and make sure consents are signed.

Do not wear any make-up or moisturisers on the area being treated.

  • It is normal for the area treated to have redness and swelling. It is uncommon for a blister or bruise to develop. Should you develop a blister, a topical ointment such as sudocrem.
  • In areas where there are excessive redness, a cooling pack can be applied.
  • Waxing, tweezing, and depilatory creams can be resumed 3 days post treatment. Avoid hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and exercise post treatment. However, all other normal activity can be resumed.
  • We will provide you with another Alumier MD post procedure kit (PPK) to use after your treatment for 5-7 days. 
  • All skin irritants (glycolic/ salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinol products, or vitamin C) can be resumed a minimum of 3 days post treatment (but ideally after you finish your PPK).
  • An SPF 30 or higher with Zinc Oxide will be applied immediately post treatment. Please continue to apply sunblock daily to maximise your results and minimise irritation. 
  • Botox, and dermal fillers can be resumed 2 week post your treatment.
  • A post procedure skin care regimen can be suggested by our staff to maximise and prolong your treatments and minimise complication.

HIFU is a safe, non-surgical ultrasound treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. The treatment uses the body’s own regenerative  response to lift skin gently and gradually on the eyebrow, under the chin and on the neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles. The intense acoustic ultrasound energy is able to penetrate to a deep level of the dermis (making it ablative) in order to cause a bulk heating effect that causes new collagen production, skin tightening, and a subcutaneous lipolysis reaction. This treatment can naturally lift and firm the skin in a non-invasive manner with little downtime, making it an amazingly convenient and effectively beneficial treatment. 

HIFU treats the deep SMAS layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but won’t duplicate the results of a facelift. However it is a great alternative, especially for  those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

During the treatment the transducer delivers and deposits focused ultrasound energy deep beneath the skin at the optimal temperature for collagen regeneration. The treatment jumpstarts a natural process, known as neocollagenesis, to produce fresh, new collagen. The treatment itself doesn’t involve any creams, fillers or toxins, it just relies on your body’s own collagen-building process for natural, noticeable results.

The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. Your appointment will be for 2 hours to have photos done, the treatment time and then to give you all the post treatment care too.

With a single HIFU treatment there is no downtime. After your procedure, you can resume your normal activities immediately, without having to follow any special post-treatment measures.

As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you will feel tiny amounts of energy  being deposited to precise depths, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but  the sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. We would describe it as slightly to moderately uncomfortable. It can feel a little like dental pain, so you may like to take paracetamol an hour before your treatment if you feel this may help you.

Most clients only need one treatment. However this may be based on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to ultrasound energy and the individual’s collagen-building process, some clients may benefit from additional treatments. Because skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help clients keep pace with the body’s natural aging process.

The skin might appear flushed at first, this can be during treatment but sometimes lasting longer, the redness should however disappear within a few hours. Some clients experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary.

While clients will be able to immediately see a vibrant glow to their skin following treatment, it will take about 4 weeks to really begin seeing the true effects of the HIFU. Full results will likely not be seen until 3-4 months post treatment (because the deeply induced collagen production will take time to show), and some clients may be able to see improvement up to 6 months. It is after the passage of this time that another treatment may be performed as well.

While clients will be able to enjoy improvements over a lengthy period of time, no matter how effective the treatment is, maintenance will be necessary. This is because you will still be going through the aging process, so your skin will likely return to the state it was in when treatment was pursued within a couple years of the treatment. The good news is that there will not be any sudden effects when the results begin to fade with the aging process, because that youthful glow was something that was produced by your body itself with a little help from the HIFU.

For any aftercare questions, or to book in, please email [email protected]

What is the treatment like?

To ensure it is as comfortable for you as possible, a local anaesthetic cream is applied before commencing the procedure. You can expect a small degree of swelling when treating the eye area, which will go down within 3 or 4 days. Tiny, circular scabs form at each treatment point that take about 3 days to start falling away, but will take about a week to completely clear. We will give you aftercare to minimise infection risk, but it is very important you do not pick at the scabs.

Prices

£60 - For up to 3 lesions
£120 - For up to 10 lesions
£180 - For over 10 lesions

Results

Results take effect after 24 hours once the swelling has go down and the skin starts to repair the cells.

How to prepare your skin for Dermaplaning?

To maximize the benefits and avoid any irritation, make sure you prep your skin in the following ways:
• Stop exfoliating: To ensure the skin is not damaged by over-exfoliation, discontinue all exfoliants, including AHAs, BHAs, enzymes, micro-beads, and retinoids for five to seven days.
• Skip the retinol and the sunbathing: If you’re currently using Retin-A, discontinue use for seven to fourteen days prior to the treatment. You should also avoid sun exposure for five to seven days prior to ensure you do not have a sunburn.
• Let your hair grow: Hair removal such as waxing, threading, and shaving should be avoided for at least two weeks before dermaplaning.
• If you breakout… In the event of active acne and raised lesions on the day of treatment, it’s best to reschedule until the skin is fully healed. There is also a six-month waiting period after Roaccutane.

What is the treatment like?

First, we will cleanse and thoroughly dry your skin. Next, we pull an area of your skin taut with one hand, and hold a sterile blade at a 45 degree angle in the other hand and use short, swift strokes to scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz. This treatment is pain free and your appointment will take approximately 45 minutes. After the dermaplaning, you can have a moisturising face mask applied, followed by SPF.

Who can have dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with acneic skin. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment. This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the risk of harsh chemicals absorbing into the blood stream and potentially harming your baby.

Will hair removed grow back thicker?

NO, hair will not come back thicker, darker or coarser than it was before having the treatment. Some caution is needed around the chin and top lip, but this will be assessed and discussed with you.

Aftercare?

Most people have zero downtime, however each person is individual and those with sensitive skin may have a little redness, heat or sensitivity. This is normal and usually resolves within a few hours.

Your skin is able to absorb products more easily, so really a good skincare regime is recommended after dermaplaning. In addition, you will be more sensitive to UV light, so SPF 50 is essential.

Full aftercare instructions will be provided.

Prices

£40 - Express 30 mins
£60 - Luxury 45 mins (using specially selected treatments from the Alumier MD range to care for and hydrate your skin after the Dermaplaning).

Results

Results take effect after 24 hours once the swelling has go down and the skin starts to repair the cells.